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Whoa, actual downtime! Using it to ink Explorer pages. Man, the Cintiq has made a total wimp out of me. I actually find it harder here and there to ink traditionally. I still prefer it though.

Two bit of news: the Free Comic Book day story with Zhao was out last weekend. I still cringe that people may think that I stole the plot from Shyamalan (HA! AS IF!), but that comic was done waaaaaaaaayyyyy before "that" movie was out. I remember checking the final color in October 2009, same weekend as my cousin's wedding.
A clear case of coincidence-synchronicity-mind reading.

Kung Fu Panda is out May 26th, right around the corner. I helped on it at the very beginning of the project. I'm glad to say some of my work survived, about a whole 10 seconds of storyboards towards the end of the film. That's something, considering the movie had 2+years to tweak and change from the version I remember.



Been working on and off on this image below for a little while.



This July, it will have been 20 years since my first job in the industry.

20

Freakin'

Years.

A milestone, I guess. May I survive at least another 20? *cross fingers*.
What?
Yes, I'm older than many of you may think, ha ha! And I have a freakin' birthday coming up to remind me. Blagh.

In the image, I've drawn up characters from comics, video games and animated projects I've worked on. I've let out a few (either the characters were too generic or I didn't work on it long enough or the project never saw the light of day).

First person who can name all the projects (not the characters' names, just the projects- believe me, it is easier) gets a drawing. May be a bit of a challenge, as some are really REALLY obscure.

I may post this on DA one day.

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jordan_the_kid
May. 13th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
Congrats to 20 years!

Not meaning to make you feel old, but you've been working longer than I have been alive.
rufftoon
May. 13th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I'm already surrounded by co-workers that are not only younger than me but have managed to achieve 5 times what I had done at their age.

Them young folks and their crazy creative energy XD
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king
May. 14th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
congrats on the anniversary!

i feel like i could name anyone except for some of the people and all the lions (sans alex, of course). that's quite the resume, though!!
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Lions are definitely popular characters.I was starting to get an overdose of orange color for them, ha ha!
sweet_gardenia
May. 14th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Carmen Sandeeeeeeaaaaaygooooooo *so much love*

I love the picture but there's no way in heck I'm ever going to be able to name all of the projects. I do recognize some of them. (Little Lulu? and that lion with the nicely parted mane looks so familiar ergh)
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Ah yes, she was a lot of fun- mind you, I didn't work on the show, just the video game- the PS2 version.
The lion with the parted mane is from an old comic that was adapted for animation.
genesisgrey
May. 14th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Congratualtion! That's amazing! :)

(Starfire is just too adorable up there.)
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Starfire was always fun to draw- bubbly personality and all!
archangelbeth
May. 14th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
Good lords, has anyone mentioned that you are an absolutely fantastic artist?

Hmm. Where in the world is Carmen Sandigo, something hanna-barbara-looking, your own egyptian kitty and stick-daemons and mini-Horus, How To Train Your Dragon, Avatar-the-last-airbender, Kung Fu Panda, whatever that is with Jack Frost, Kim Possible (AMG! YOU WORKED ON KIM POSSIBLE, TOO? COOL!), that "zoo animals escape to africa(?); hijinks ensue" 3-d animation movie that I'm blanking on the name of it, ASTERIX!, Teen Titans GO!, Lulu, and I totally don't recognize up to six of that lot, but really want to know more about the lion in the top hat over there.
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
Never on the Kim Possible show, just the game (PS2). Working on the show would have been soooo much fun!
The best guess try of the bunch, bravo! As for Asterix, it was one month, uncredited assistant animator-inbetweener and two commercials.
Funny how you can end up working with famous characters but with mostly side projects.
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egoulet
May. 14th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Oooh wow! Joyeux anniversaire Johane!!! Je ne suis pas capable de tous les nommer... mais beaucoup me ramene bien des souvenirs! :)

Calins!
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
Ha ha, bien sur! Tu etais la pour certain d'entre eux! Mais tu est plus jeune alors tu en a manque quelques uns :)
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rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
mmmm, I like that blessing! Thank you!
bluejeans07
May. 14th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Congrats to 20 years!! You're an inspiration!! I hope to reach that milestone some day! 3 down, 17 more to go!
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
You're just on the beginning of the long work path. I do wish you many good years and projects.
wanderingdreamr
May. 14th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Heh, since I'm young I assume everyone else is young too (then again, I also assume everyone on the internet is a girl also until proven otherwise so there is a rather big flaw with all of this...) and congrats for surviving for 20 years!
Hmm, I could name about half of those projects but there's a number in there I don't recognize, guessing those are probably from around when I was in diapers/in elementary school.
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Ha ha, quite possibly, since some of them aired within the last 20 years and never got a lot of reruns (if any).
Or maybe some of them never even aired in your country, wherever you may be from.
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(Anonymous)
May. 14th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
*Would have lost her food, if she'd been eating*

Holy (*%#)@!! You worked on Teen Titans, AtLA, KP, WitWiCS, Madagascar, HtTYD, KFP, and Little Lulu??? I didn't know you were that COOL! (Or that old. XD) Congrats on the anniversary!

Those are the only ones I recognize, btw. After someone names all of them, you'll have to make a main post so that the rest of us can know what all you've had your fingers in!

~*~ Rad
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
It was the Teen Titans video game- never so cool as the show. I also illustrated one short comic (story by J.Torres). So I've worked with the characters...just not for the series. blushes*
And yes, I'm that old, ha ha! XDD
I promise to explain who they all are. If no one gets it right within a week or so. I mean...it can be pretty hard.
(ex-montreal roommate is excluded from said contest- all too easy for her, ha ha!)
rad1986
May. 14th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
*Cough* There's an anonymous post about you being cool and a request to post the answers once someone guess them all. That's me; I forgot to log in.

In case you were curious... *Shifty eyes*

~*~ Rad
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
Oops, reply above. I should have read down below before answering. Mea Culpa.
kinaree
May. 14th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
I love them all! Grats on your 20 years! WAY TO GO!
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Many thanks!
amiraelizabeth
May. 14th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
Awesome image! And loved the comic. :)

Edited at 2011-05-14 02:47 am (UTC)
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
*points at your icon*
Zhao agrees he is pretty awesome.
fadedfeathers
May. 14th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
I-- holy cheese balls. That....I-...that is Mr Murdstone, I do believe! Holy crap I watch that like every year! MY MIND IS BLOWN.
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
And ONE POINT for getting one of the obscure ones!!

Murdstone (that's the lion in the top hat, far right of the image) was for the animated David Copperfield tv special. A coproduction (Cine Groupe) with the US. Not an easy production, not enough money to make it nice. *shudders, looking back at the old animation*. Some weird story choices too, but I was at the bottom of the production ladder and don't know all the story about it.

It definitely was a learning experience.
secondlina
May. 14th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Carmen Sandiego?

Wait... the show from the 80's? Or the Quiz show?
rufftoon
May. 14th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
The character is right, so it counts. It was for the video game.
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